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The Piper City Public Library wrapped up their 2-week Summer Reading Program on June 24th. The theme this year was, “Reading Colors Your World”. There was a total of 15 children who attended. The age categories were Pre-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-6th.

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The Crescent City Historical Society purchased banners to display along Route 24 in Crescent City to promote the 50th Fireball Festival, which would have been in 2020. Even though the event was canceled for 2020 and 2021, the group decided to have the banners hung and displayed. The banners …

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that automobile insurance verification will be conducted electronically. This upgrade to the state’s mandatory insurance verification program will begin enforcement on July 1, 2021. The program requires insurance companies to work in conjunct…

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The Iroquois County 4-H and Agricultural Fair is accepting entries for the 2021 Fair to be held July 13-18 at the fairgrounds north of Crescent City. The fair book is available on the Fair’s website  www.iroquoiscofair.com.  

IWHS Band members performed at the Danforth,  Gilman,  Onarga and Thawville Memorial Day Services this past Monday. The kids performed under the direction of Renee Pendry. They played Armed Forces, Patriotic Parade Sequence and the National Anthem. 

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Durham Park and the Onarga Swim Pool are hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, June 5 at the swimming pool at 10:00 a.m. This year due to Covid we will be unable to have a large fundraiser like in the past.  We are doing a swim-a-thon which will be open to anyone wanting to participate.  

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Iroquois West High School boys’ basketball coach Zach Monk has announced that a basketball camp will be held June 14-17 for boys entering grades 3-12.

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St. Johns Lutheran Church, Danforth, is inviting children to a summer vacation Bible school event called “Concrete and Cranes: Building on the Love of Jesus” to be held at St. Johns from June 1-4 .

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Front row starting from left is Mahlah Comfort Dog, Vivan Swalls, Piper Rutledge, Madelyn Crawford, Laykin Kaeb. Back row is Nolan Schroeder, Liam Adsit, Luke Rosenberger, Vaughn Butzow, Mrs. Margo Legan, Sam Seyfert, Seth Wichtner, Kolton Knauth, Jaxon Turak.

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Pictured left to right: Maurice Curry, father; Rodney Meyer, great-grandfather, holding baby girl, Luna Curry; Glendola Meyer, great-great-grandmother; and Crystal Meyer, grandmother.

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Tara Heisner received the Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais,  in the school’s 108th annual commencement Saturday, May 8. 

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Peyton Schnurr, a 2017 graduate of Iroquois West High School, graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on May 8. Peyton is the daughter of Michelle and Jim Schnurr of Danforth. 

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Eleven members of the Onarga Music Club and four guests met Tuesday, May 4 at the Onarga United Methodist Church. President Willene Zachgo opened the meeting, and Secretary-Treasurer Kaitlin Fink read the roll call, the minutes of the previous meeting, and the treasurers report. 

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Vacation Bible School plans at St. Johns Lutheran Church are well under way for June 1-4, Tuesday through Friday. “Concrete and Cranes- -Building on the Love of Jesus” is the title and theme of the week, with the fundamental principle being “Jesus is our strong foundation!” 

Ronald and Judith (Albrecht) Borchers of Crescent City will celebrate their 60th anniversary. The couple was married April 30, 1961, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Crescent City. 

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Entries for the Iroquois County Fair Talent Show are available on the website: iroquoiscofair.com. Auditions are open to anyone age twenty-one or younger who live or go to school in Iroquois County.

The Donovan Trust was created by the will of the late Dr. Raymond F. Donovan, for the purpose of funding charitable causes in Iroquois County. The Trust distributes funds to various charitable organizations to partially fund projects that have the general support of the community. The fundin…

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The Gilman Old Boys and Girls planning committee has set Aug. 12-15 of 2021 as the tentative dates for the five-year reunion which had to be cancelled in 2020 because of concerns regarding the COVID pandemic.

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The Gilman and Onarga police departments have been mulling the concept of sharing the cost of using police officers who would be provided by the county rather than employing their own officers, but that idea has now been officially dropped following meetings by both boards Monday night.

Members of Princess Wach-e-kee chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Watseka, and the Joseph Bartholomew Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Bloomington, are honoring the Good Citizen Award recipients of Iroquois County. Though the awards ceremony for this year was cancelled, …

 Larry and Ann (Wasmer) Fisher will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on February 5th. They were married in the Onarga Methodist Church in 1956. They have been blessed with four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Larry and Ann reside in rural Gilman.

John and Judy Goldenstein will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on February 4, 2021. John and the former Judy Luebchow were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley. The couple farmed in the Gilman/Danforth area until they retired in Onarga.

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We received both of these releases on Thursday, Jan. 21, within less than 3 hours of each other. By the time the second notice was received the appointments to be made for Tuesday, Jan. 26, were all filled. We will do our best to keep you informed of upcoming vaccine clinics as soon as we re…

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St. Johns Lutheran, Danforth, has suspended in person, face to face worship services until Dec. 31 out of an abundance of caution and care for the health and well-being of members and visitors and guests. including Saturday evening worship services.

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Mary (Lubben) and Ron Goltry of Angier, NC, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 5. The couple was married in 1970 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danforth.

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Gary Storm and Donna Anderson Storm from Watseka, are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Married November 29, 1970 in Hoopeston.  They have 3 children, Mark, Nikki and Mike.  They have 7 grandchildren. 

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The Iroquois West FCCLA will be holding a trunk or treat on Friday, October 30 from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. 

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The Gilman-Danforth District Library has on display a remarkable collection of bronze sculptures which the Monte Sier family has graciously lent to the library to share with the community.  Each sculpture depicts a different aspect of the Native American culture.  You do not want to miss the…

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Iroquois County Clerk Breein Suver has announced nine polling place changes for registered voters to cast their vote on election day.  The changes of polling places will be temporary for eight polling places and one permanent change for the November 3, 2020 general election.  The temporary p…

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Three young people participated in the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Gilman on August 16, 2020.  Pictured with Pastor Pete Hinrich, left to right, are Emma McGill, Reka Ritzma, and Vitor Haase . 

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In a special meeting of the Crescent-Iroquois Community Unit School District #249 Board of Education, conducted Thursday, Aug. 6, the board approved a two-year sports co-op with Watseka Unit 9’s Glenn Raymond school. The co-op is for the current school year and the 2021-22 year.

Hospice of Kankakee Valley recently unveiled a refreshed brand to help increase understanding of their breadth of care and those they serve. The overall refreshed brand identity features a new name, updated logo, refined messaging, and a new website.

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Cassidy and Kira Ratcliff of Loda are parents of a baby boy, Caleb Owen.  Caleb was born Wednesday, July 29, at 2:26 a.m. at Gibson Area Hospital. He weighed eight pounds, one ounce and was 20 1/2 inches long. 

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The Danforth Historical Society is pleased to welcome to our town a Little Free Library.  We want to extend a big thank you to James Hubert for designing and building the new addition. It is located at the community building nestled next to a bench under a shade tree.  The little Library is …

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Gilman toddler Wesley Ryan Short will be featured in a national kick off for Down Syndrome Awareness month to be held at Times Square in New York. Wesley will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 12, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's annual Times Square Vi…